How To Install A Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash is a great way to add personality to your kitchen. It can be used to protect your walls from splatters and stains, or add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space. A new kitchen backsplash, along with coordinating kitchen countertops options, can give your kitchen a completely new look, while being budget friendlier than a full kitchen renovation. If you’re thinking about adding a new kitchen backsplash, this post is here to provide you with an easy-to-follow backsplash installation guide. 

Choosing Your Backsplash Tiles 

Faucet and glass containers with orange on a counter

When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, there are a wide variety of tiles to choose from. The most important factor to consider is how the backsplash will affect the overall look and feel of the kitchen. If your kitchen has a more traditional design, choosing a classic tile backsplash enhances the classy look of your kitchen. For those with a contemporary kitchen, experimenting with a stainless steel or glass tile, can add depth to the look of your kitchen. When choosing your backsplash tiles, be sure to put some thought into the maintenance and durability of your preferred tile.

There are many different kitchen backsplash options to choose from. Tiles are easy to clean and they come in a variety of colors and styles. Glass is easy to clean and it reflects light, making the kitchen feel brighter. Metal is durable and can be cut into any shape needed. Stone is natural and it adds texture to the kitchen. Whether you select glass, metal, stone, or something trendy such as backsplash mosaic tiles, you can easily give your kitchen a new makeover. 

Tile Backsplash Installation Process

A man and woman placing a tile on their backsplash

The first step to installing your new tile is to select the perfect tile. Once you’ve found a tile that compliments your kitchen, it’s time to measure the area where the backsplash will go. Once you have measured the entire surface area of the backsplash, you will be able to calculate the total amount of tile you need to purchase, as well as the appropriate quantity of mortar (tile adhesive) and grout. For ease of installation, many people opt for tile sheets with a mesh backing that can be easily cut to shape with a utility knife. 

If you have any electrical sockets or curves to deal with, be sure to measure and cut tile accordingly with a tile cutter. In order to install tile on the wall, spread a thin layer of mortar on the surface with a notched trowel. Place a drop cloth on your kitchen counter to avoid getting mortar on your countertops. 

Starting at the center point, place the tile onto the mortar and press it firmly into place. Continue working your way out from the center, using tile spacers between each tile to ensure consistent spacing. 

Once all of the tiles are in place, allow the mortar to dry for 24 hours before grouting. To grout the tile, mix together a small batch of grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions and spread it over the surface of the tile with a rubber grout float. Apply into all of the joints, and make sure to wipe away any excess grout from the surface of the tile. For a smooth and even finish, ensure that the grout fills the spaces in between tiles completely. Allow the grout to dry for 24 hours before sealing it with a waterproof grout sealer. And voila! Your new tile backsplash is complete!

With these steps, you install a tile backsplash, from start to finish, in just a few days. If you’re looking for ways to revamp how your kitchen functions, and not how it looks, check out these ways to organize kitchen cabinets